The winners of the 2018 Intermat Innovation Awards were recently announced, highlighting market trends, such as digitalization of tools (development of applications, BIM and robotics), the proliferation of environmental solutions, and the growing consideration for safety and risk prevention in processes.
The following eight winners were rewarded for their innovation in four categories:
Earthmoving & Demolition
- Equipment and Machinery Award: Volvo CE – EX2 (Protoype of all-electric, zero carbon emission excavator offering 10 times higher efficiency and 10 times lower noise levels than a conventional version).
- Components and Accessories Award: DMIC – UbiwaySmart (Connected management solution for construction machinery and equipment).
Roads, Minerals & Foundation
- Equipment and Machinery Award: Fayat – TRX 100% (A unique-in-the-world highly mobile hot-mix asphalt plant capable of reincorporating 100 to 0 percent of RAP in hot and warm mixes).
- Components and Accessories Award: RB3D – EXO Push (An exoskeleton which assists the raker in manual asphalt leveling operations — the first “wearbot” to emerge in the public works field).
Lifting, Handling & Transportation
- Equipment and Machinery Award: Hinowa S.p.A. – Lightlift 33.17 Performance IIIS tracked aerial platform — (54.1-foot operating outreach, 105-foot working height, load capacity of 507 pounds, multiple simultaneous movements, and a new wider and more comfortable basket).
- Components and Accessories Award: Manitou Group – MRT 2470 and MRT 3050 machine stabilization recognition system (it uses a strain gauge inside the pin of the stabilizer cylinders to obtain information on the force exerted on the ground).
Buildings & Concrete Sector
- Equipment and Machinery Award: Alphi – MaxUpDown (tool to assist with the handling of MaxiDalle formwork panels. The system, formed by a compressed air-powered telescopic mast, helps to effortlessly raise and lower MaxiDalle panels at great height from the ground).
- Components and Accessories Award: 360SmartConnect – Connected concrete (by transforming concrete into an interface with data and services associated with the structure, enabling stakeholders to create new values for themselves or for their successors).
The following five Special Awards reflecting the most up-to-date issues at stake in the construction sector were also presented:
- Digital Transition: EFA France — EVAS (first embedded voice control system with integrated database communicating in CAN BUS interface: multi-speakers, multi-languages, and works off-line).
- Energy Transition: Mecalac — Mecalac e12 (the world’s first compact wheeled excavator running only on electricity, without compromising on battery life, performance and compactness).
- Start-Up by Eurovia: Matos — Matos Connect (paperless solution for operated equipment rental companies in the public works field).
- World of Concrete Europe: Sika France — 3D concrete printing process (combining robotic innovation applied to the concrete industry, which produces a concrete item in an original shape or design in a short space of time. The fundamental advantage of 3D concrete printing is its outstanding flexibility).
- Safety: SIMA — HandSafe wood cutting saw (Features a unique and exclusive safety system to instantaneously stop the blade the second that it touches human skin).